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Teen, Father and Assailant All Stabbed

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A teen who was stabbed at his home, his father who went to his aid and the alleged assailant were all treated for knife wounds.

The father was taking the trash out around 4:30 p.m. Monday when he noticed a man sitting on the back steps, police Capt. Rick Healey said.

The father asked his son if he knew the man, and the son replied he didn't.

When the two confronted the man, a fight ensued and the son was stabbed in the abdomen, Healey said.

"That fight ended up getting the father also stabbed, and then they were able to kind of hold him back with some items that were in the house, and then the police got there," Healey said.

All three were taken to a hospital.

The son, who is in his late teens, suffered the most severe injuries. He was stabbed in the abdomen and spent several hours in the operating room, although his condition had stabilized by Monday night, Healey said.

The father, who was stabbed in the leg, received stitches and was released.

The alleged assailant was treated for minor cuts.

A motive has not been determined yet, and no arrests have been made, though charges were expected, Healey said. The relationship between the suspect and the other two men had not been determined Monday.

"The mental stability of the suspect is part of the problem," he said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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